(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio selected artworks from its collections that are linked to the Amazon for the exhibition “Pororoca – A Amazônia no MAR” [“Tidal bore” in Tupi language, literally meaning “great roar”], on view through 23rd November. Taking part are artists such as Armando Queiroz, Berna Reale Ivan Grilo, Luiz Braga and Rodrigo Braga, whose works are connected to the Amazon through distinct approaches.
Formed by over 500 works by artists from the Amazon or that have worked in this yet little known part of Brazil, the MAR Amazon Collection touches ecological, cosmological, social, anthropoligical and political debates, addressing the aesthetic production of this region in its manifold dimensions, from iconography to contemporary art.
From Amazonian visuality, social violence, relational art and metropolization, two and a half centuries of critical history are portrayed in installations, paintings, photographs, graphic and decor art, clothing, maps and archeological objects. Through an analytical perspective rather than a chronological one, the show offers a overlay of universes and cultural times that range from the multiple native ethnicities to the Amazonian urban centres reality, taking into account what poet Blaise Cendrars called “Amazonian language flow”. Among the history registers are the first image ever made of a rubber tree and imperial documents about the region. Highlighted are toys by Círio de Nazaré and an album with over a hundred watercolours of the Amazon River.
Close to a hundred artists are represented in “Pororoca”, many with their masterpieces: Luiz Braga with “Rosa no Arraial”; Miguel Chikaoka and his “Hagakure”; Elza Lima and the series of riverside people in the 1980s; Walda Marques and her portraits of herb saleswomen in the Ver-o-Peso Market; Paula Sampaio and “Transamazônica”; the silence Octavio Cardoso’s images; and Krajcberg with his wildfire pictures. Also included are symbolic works like the triptych from Claudia Andujar’s series “Marcados para morrer”‘ “Judeus na Amazônia”, by Sergio Zalis; Milton Guran’s pictures of indigenous people; the series “Nazaré do Mocajuba”, by Alexandre Sequeira” the video “Antigamente Éramos Muitos”, by Armando Queiroz the installation “Facas do meu pai”, by Lise Lobato, among others.
Visitors can also see accomplishments by Amazonian artists, either those born in the region (Ismael Nery, Quirino Campofiorito, Osmar Dillon, Aluisio Carvão, Bené Fonteles, Rodrigo Braga), or travellers (Wiegandt, Pierre Verger, Marcel Gautherot, Cildo Meireles, Adriana Varejão, Romy Poczttaruk, Delson Uchoa, Ivan Grilo).
“Pororoca – A Amazônia no MAR”, featuring Armando Queiroz, Berna Reale, Ivan Grilo, Luiz Braga and Rodrigo Braga
Curated by Paulo Herkenhoff
On view through 23rd November
MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio
Praça Mauá, 5
55 21 30312741
Visiting: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm